3D Photorealism Toolkit (Toolkits)

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9780471253464: 3D Photorealism Toolkit (Toolkits)

Quickly master the skills, techniques, and tools you need to create cutting-edge photorealistic 3D images

Cash in on the booming market for 3D photorealism with the 3D Photorealism Toolkit, written by the head of a successful West Coast 3D photorealistic modeling studio. You'll quickly master all the modeling, surfacing, staging, and lighting techniques needed to create images and scenes that look realistic enough to fool the most discriminating eye. With the help of dozens of examples executed in LightWave, 3D Studio Max, Form Z, ElectricImage, Alias, SoftImage, Strata and more, Bill Fleming shows you how to:
* Add realistic imperfections, bevels, seams, nuts, bolts, and wear and tear to models
* Create a wide variety of material textures, including woods, metals, glass, plastics, paper, fabrics, skin, and more
* Enliven surfaces with color, luminosity, diffusion, secularity, glossiness, reflection, transparency, and bump
* Use camera position and focus to create the right mood
* Create lighting effects for every occasion

The 3D Photorealism Toolkit also contains a gold mine of valuable artist's resources, including a comprehensive listing of resources for visual modeling reference; an index of surface attributes for 30 common metals and 15 types of plastic and rubber; an index of refraction values for transparent materials; and a comprehensive chart listing light sources and their Kelvin ratings.

Be sure to visit the 3D Photorealism Toolkit companion Web site at www.wiley.com/compbooks/fleming to find:
* Demo versions of several 3D imaging programs
* Tutorials on modeling, staging, and surfacing
* Photorealistic models and image map textures you can download and use
* A 3D photorealism gallery
* All the images from the book detailed and in color
* Links to dozens of photorealistic resources

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Written for those who work in 3-D graphics and want to create photorealistic-looking images, this book helps you increase both your artistic and technical expertise. The author, Bill Fleming, doesn't focus on any one specific product, so you don't need to worry about having the right tool. However, there are a few advanced topics, such as some surfacing and lighting techniques, that you can only explore to the fullest in higher-end packages such as 3D Studio Max, SoftImage, Alias, and LightWave.

The book first teaches you about photorealism, the art of making images look as close to real photographs as computer-generated art can appear. Fleming puts forth the 10 principles of 3-D photorealism, which encourage you to create clutter, familiar objects, and details, and credible textures, edges, and lighting. He continues to explore these principles in the second part of the book, where you delve into hands-on projects and read his detailed advice. The book helps you to add basic details, such as seams, to your objects; reveal an object's construction by adding screws and cables; add mechanical details to your objects that allow for believable motion; and create beveled edges, scratches, and dents.

The third section covers surfacing techniques, teaching you that all objects have some degree of aging and some degree of specularity (light-reflecting capability). You learn to avoid stretching image maps and repeating patterns and how to create the look of water and of glass. Next you create image maps, such as color, luminosity, diffusion, secularity, glossiness, reflection, transparency, and bump maps, and you also use procedural textures to create surfaces.

The fourth section helps you plan your scene and even create interiors that reflect the personality of your subject--and add clutter. Finally, the last section gives you practice with camera angles and lighting and emphasizes radiosity, which is the indirect light distributed among objects in any given environment.

Appendices include resources for modeling and surfacing source material; tables of attributes for metal, plastic, and rubber; and an index of refraction values for transparent materials and light colors rated in Kelvin. The book thoroughly discusses core photorealism concepts and the techniques for addressing them. There are also instructions for working along with the book's projects, which include everything from simple models to intricate scenes. A companion Web site offers support materials, including images, for the book's exercises, as well as free models and textures and links to related resources. --Kathleen Caster

From the Publisher:

From blockbuster movies to TV and Web advertising, the fastest growing demand in 3D design is for photorealistic quality. Drawing on a range of real-world examples, this book provides a set of skills and techniques that designers will need to master no matter what program they use. It covers 3D photorealistic modeling, surfacing, and staging. Examples from the following programs are included: LightWave, 3D Studio Max, Form Z, Electric Image, Softimage, and Strata. Includes Companion Web site with... * Demo versions of several 3D software programs. * Software-independent detailed tutorials on modeling, staging, and surfacing.

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